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Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work

About Our Programs

Sociology is concerned with the scientific study of human behavior in groups. Since a group consists of two or more communicating people, the subject matter of sociology ranges from the briefest of two person interactions to the most enduring features of culture and world civilizations. The unique insight of sociology is that we are what we are largely because of our social experience with others as those experiences are shaped by our cultural settings. Sociologists use various methodological and statistical techniques to study, describe and explain human behavior in different social settings.

Anthropology is the study of people at all times and places. It emphasizes understanding total cultural systems. The department sees understanding anthropology as vital to understanding society. Although we do not offer a major in anthropology, a variety of courses in anthropology are offered. A sociology major can elect to concentrate in anthropology and can go on to graduate school to become an anthropologist.

Social Work is the profession of helping individuals, families, groups or communities to enhance or restore their capacity for social functioning and creating societal conditions favorable to that goal. The department offers courses focusing on families and individuals as well as policy-influencing or comparative approaches to large-scale social change. Although no degree is available in social work, many students combine the major in social work with a major in the department. Our focus on community and the ability to place students in a variety of social work relevant experiences helps to lay a strong foundation for a future career in social work and admission to programs for a Master in Social Work.


The Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology is a general academic degree in sociology. Curriculum in the department addresses issues at both the macro-structural level as well as the micro-interactional level, such as immigration, family, and deviance

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We’d love to meet with you. Schedule an academic appointment by calling our department at 937-229-2138 or email us at jholcomb1@udayton,edu. If you’d like to schedule a general campus visit or tour, learn about the options available through the link below.

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Department of Sociology

St. Joseph Hall
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 1442